International Field of Riders Confirmed for 2017 Tennessee Knockout

Press Release | August 11, 2017

Riders from the United Kingdom, Japan and Spain to Contest Tennessee Knockout.

2017 Tennessee Knockout

This is a press release from Tennessee Knockout…

Sequatchie, TN (August 11, 2017) – A large list of riders from around the globe have confirmed that they will participate in the 2017 Kenda Tennessee Knockout this weekend at the Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tennessee. American Cody Webb is the favorite but he will have to fend off the UK’s Graham Jarvis, the most successful Extreme Enduro racer in the world, who won the Red Bull Romaniacs for the sixth time. Spain’s Mario Roman finished second at the Red Bull Romaniacs and he too will likely be a threat to Webb’s TKO dominance.

Two of the top Japanese riders are also participating in the TKO, Hiroshi Takahashi and Taku Izumi have made the long trip from Japan to compete with the goal of qualifying for the fifteen-rider main event. And you can add Canada’s Cory Graffunder to the list of international riders that will likely challenge for the podium.

California’s Kyle Redmond finished on the TKO podium in 2016 so he should be a threat again on his SRT Offroad Husqvarna. Arizona’s Max Gerston will be a threat as well on his factory Beta. And if you are looking for the young surprises, Ben Kelly was a relatively unknown rider that raced the Saturday qualifiers last year and made it all the way to the pro main event and finished fourth. And GasGas-backed Noah Kepple was a front runner last year before an obstacle took him out of a top finish. And all the way from Hawaii, Casey and Chris Satterfield will be looking to build on top 25 finishes last year. And the local Tennessee fans can cheer on Jordan Ashburn on another factory backed Beta.

Unfortunately, South Africa’s Wade Young had to withdraw from the TKO due to injury as did Rockstar Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker. But Haaker’s #10 bike will be ridden by Dirt Rider Magazine Associate Editor Andrew Oldar, who is a former top Trials competitor that knows the Trials Training Center terrain well.

Below are the riders confirmed for the Sunday program. They will be joined by the top 30 from the 250 riders competing on Saturday.

Cody Webb

Nick Klapec

Drew Fortner

Graham Jarvis

Wally Palmer

Andrew Oldar

Kyle Redmond

Nick Fahringer

Jobel Coronado

Cory Graffunder

Jordan Ashburn

Hunter Neurwirth

Max Gerston

Casey Satterfield

Ronnie Commo

Noah Kepple

Chris Satterfield

JoJo Toole

Ben Kelly

Joan Pau Segura

Josh Rooken-Smith

Mario Roman

Hiroshi Takahashi

Chance Baker

Quinn Wentzel

Taku Izumi

Mark Heresco

Mitch Carvolth

JoJo Bowden

Cody Webb Tennessee Knockout
Cody Webb (center), Wade Young (left) and Kyle Redmond enjoyed the podium in 2016, who will earn the top spots for 2017? Photo: Future 7 Media

The seventh annual Kenda Tennessee Knockout will take place this coming weekend at the Trials Training Center in Sequatchie Tennessee. The top off-road motorcycle racers in the world are invited directly into a four round Knockout race format on Sunday. Unqualified Expert/Pro and amateur riders race a two-round format on Saturday with the top finishers earning the opportunity to move on to the Sunday Knockout rounds. And new for 2017, there will be a TKO Last Chance Duel round added after the first Knockout round to allow one more rider to move on.

Check out the 2016 Red Bull TV Tennessee Knockout Show here:
https://www.redbull.tv/video/AP-1QAU6F7C92111/recap-slick-and-muddy?playlist=AP-1QAU6F7C92111

Check out video for highlights of some of the previous events here: 
2016 Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJfGKieHOYQ
2015 Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99Yqa9Uh-nw
2014 Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JZQAsUa1rk 
2013 Highlights: http://youtu.be/VqJZnQBdTZ8 
2012 Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Moyylu0KN68&feature=plcp 

For more information about the Kenda Tennessee Knockout, presented by Moose Racing and SRT, please visit: http://tennesseeknockoutenduro.com/ 

  • For general information please contact: Catherine.Bedley@trialstrainingcenter.com or Alison@trialstrainingcenter.com.
  • For Expert rider race information please contact: Eric@ericperonnard.com
  • For Sponsorship information please contact: Sean.Finley@digitalthrottle.com

 

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